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Trailwise - week of December 18, 2014

Trailhead 2015 is only a Hop Skip and a jump away. Take a look at what we have lined up. We will continually be updating the site with information on programs, events and more so check back often.  
The Ontario Trail Council “Trailhead Ontario 2015″ Committee is is pleased to announce the McMaster University as the location of our conferencing and trails education sessions. The 2015 conference is sure to feature innovative seminars on accessible trails, trail infrastructure, trail tourism and branding, and promoting trail use with youth, among various other topics. Please continue onto "Conference Information" to find out more on the conference and what is to come.

Have you been a past presenter?
Then you may want to re-visit with these folks in Hamilton June 7-10, 2015

Your Membership is VITAL to our work

It's that time of year - when we send out renewal notices to the membership. We rely on your support to sustain our work and operations!

The Board thanks Bonnie Simpson, Acting Treasurer for all her help to staff in completing this years membership renewal processes. We wish to thank these members for their prompt renewal.

Algonquin Highlands

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Kinghorn Rail Trail Association

When complete the Kinghorn Rail Trail will provide recreational and tourism opportunities that will enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for travelers, residents, and local businesses in the communities connected by the Kinghorn Rail Trail.

Nickel Belt Conservation Area

The Friends of Lake Laurentian is a community based initiative working with the Nickel District Conservation Authority (NDCA) and the Nickel District Conservation Foundation (NDCF) to encourage, develop and promote various programs, as well as, to promote membership opportunities, increase public usage and enhance awareness of the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
In order to accomplish these goals, we need your help. Please click the Donate Now button to the left or download the pdf Membership form or byclicking on the image to your right.
Fill in the form (both French and English are on the same form) and mail it to us at:
Nickel District Conservation Authority
199 Larch Street, 4th Floor
Suite 401
Sudbury, Ontario
P3E 5P9
Contact Us with any questions you might have email: 

Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association

Ontario Parks Association

Ontario Southwest Tourism Corporation

Simcoe County - MORE
These include the Bruce Trail and the Ganaraska Trail … the development of the Simcoe County Trails Strategy to guide investment and development of a County-wide trail network …
club offers many benefits including trail maps, trail updates, trailcondition information, invitation to club …
club offers many benefits including trail maps, trail updates, trailcondition information, invitation to club …
A local trails association, Huronia Trails and Greenways has an innovative trail program, called “Help Trails Grow …
Dogs must be under control or on a … All designated hiking trails are constructed and maintained by volunteers - please … Ganaraska HikingTrail Association Simcoe County Trails …
Hunting is permitted within the Simcoe County Forest to members of the Ontario Federation … are permitted to utilize ATV's on existingtrails throughout the County Forests as follows …
one of the largest employers in the region, The County of Simcoe provides a diverse and dynamic … golf courses, ski hills, snowmobile, hiking and biking trails and fresh water lakes …
County Archives Infinity Rolls Into Innisfil Date: October 29, 2013 … Another new, high-end automotive dealership is being built in the Barrie area … Local Real Estate Sales Up 15 …
Ardagh Bluffs Loop Trail Blueberry Plains Loop Trail Collingwood LoopTrail Earl Rowe Loop Trail Grants Wood Loop Trail Innisfil Beach Park Loop Trail Matchedash …

Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System

Off-road adventure awaits riders of everything from ATV's to horses on our first-class and truly multi-use venue. On more than 300 kilometers of trails, exceptional diversity, breathtaking vistas and points of interest that beg exploration are yours to experience.

Projects Update - National Trails Coalition (ON)

This program was announced at the end of June. In total the OTC had 93 enquiries for funding. Snowmobile had 89 projects come forward and ORV 19, for a total of 201 expressions of interest.

There have been several logistical issues to work out, namely find sharing on projects, file completions, and use of other funds. The NTC is finalizing approvals at this time. 

NOTE: the NTC is waiting for all jurisdictions to report in, and finalize all contracts before providing more specific information on grants in provinces or territories. We can therefore only go as fast as the slowest province. As they roll out you will be contacted. 

The NTC also hired a National Program Facilitator - his name is Roger Pelletier. He can be reached by email at:

Accessibility - A Guide for Accessible Web Design

In 2005, the government enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This act laid the framework for the development of province-wide mandatory standards on accessibility in all areas of daily life. Its goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

Ontario now has accessibility standards in five areas:
• Customer service
• Employment
• Information and communications
• Transportation
• Design of public spaces
In 2013, the Ontario Trails Council undertook a website redesign to improve services and information. As a sector industry association, we wanted to ensure the information on our website is available to all Ontarians, including people with disabilities.
Through the experience we learnt an accessible website is simply good design that improved how our site works for everyone. Since 85% of the visitors to the Ontario Trails Council website are referred to our member’s websites for more local and distinct information about a trail, we wanted to share our experience of creating an accessible website and encourage our members to consider accessibility for their website and other communication tools as a best practice.
That is why the Ontario Trails Council developed the "Ontario Trails Organizations Guide for Accessible Web Design" through an EnAbling Change Project with the Government of Ontario.
The Guide is free to anyone interested in designing more accessible and inclusive websites. Covering accessible website design, it offers ideas on how to design your website – what factors to consider, what questions to ask, and where to find more information. We also include some useful links for anyone interested in learning more about accessibility for trails.
To download the PDF of the Ontario Trails Organizations Guide for Accessible Web Design click here

More about the AODA

Did you know all private and non-profit organizations with 20+ employees must file an accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2014.
Your requirements will vary depending on the size of your organization.
Use the following link to learn what you need to do comply

Schedule a Webinar

The Ontario Trails Council is pleased to work with you on accessiblity, and accessible web design.
Why not learn more by joining a webinar on the topic?
January 14, 20151pm-2pm Join
January 28, 2015 1pm-2pmJoin
February 18, 20151pm-2pmJoin
March 11, 20151pm-2pmJoin